CHROMA KEY - Graveyard Mountain Home

Chroma Key - Graveyard Mountain Home

14 songs
53:19 minutes
***** *****


When Kevin Moore left Dream Theater and started a new project called Chroma Key late in the last millennium, no one could know where this would lead him one day. While the debut was more wave, more pop and less prog, less metal than what he did in his earlier band, the second album was already a much weirder release. Now Kevin Moore is living in Turkey, just finished the soundtrack for a Turkish horror movie and already he's got the third Chroma Key album ready. Before we speak of the music, let's have a look at the more than interesting background. Moore found pleasure doing soundtracks, so this time, instead of doing something for a new movie, he went to the Prelinger Archive für Public Domain-Filme and chose a 50 years old movie to make a soundtrack for it. On a limited edition, the CD comes with a bonus DVD featuring that movie of which a different version can also be downloaded at the Prelinger Archives for free.

Graveyard Mountain Home sounds like a soundtrack, obviously. There are barely any rock elements, Moore has found his niche with electronic atmospheres, which shouldn't surprise as he is a keyboarder. Inspired by Turkish pop music, the new Chroma Key songs are played in odd time signatures, alienating them from what we commonly perceive as Western pop songs. At times there are regular songs (Okay?, Come On To Bed), although most of the time it seems as if we are listening to some shortwave transmission from a different time period, giving the impression of sonic voyeurism. Although I hate the term post rock, this is what this comes close to, although it would be unfair to limit this intelligent album to a fashionable expression. From a rhythmic point of view, this is far different from most European or American music genres, only a few selected artists like Peter Gabriel or King Crimson have tried such weirdness.

Graveyard Mountain Home is a very mellow and overwhelmingly beautiful album, with gorgeous soundscapes and terrific atmospheres. Close to Sigur Ros and Talk Talk, but less ethereal and more down to earth, this is one of the best and certainly the most surprising album of the year, that every fan of intelligent rock music has to listen to!

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